This year, Catalyst has recruited volunteers who have contributed over 200 hours of time to support our work and give them an opportunity to broaden their skill base.
Catalyst has bridged the gap between the public and the VCSE sector by developing the Stockton Volunteers programme in partnership with Stockton Borough Council. Stockton Volunteers was designed and planned in consultation with many of the volunteer involved organisations in the Borough, ensuring that Stockton Volunteers meets the needs of local organisations and local people. The project was launched during Volunteer Week in 2016.
The Stockton Volunteer Partnership involves over 50 organisations. This provides a consistent approach to the recruitment and retention of volunteers across the Borough. The Partnership has supported the expansion of opportunities available across the sector and increased public awareness.
In 2017 Stockton Volunteers held its first Volunteer Market which was a resounding success, with 56 different organisations showing the people of Stockton the wide and varied range of volunteering available to them in the Borough. This now plans to be an annual event.